Xi Wang

Ph.D. Student

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BA, Cornell University
MS, University of Colorado Boulder


Xi Wang is a doctoral student in the Environmental Studies (ENVS) program at University of Colorado-Boulder.  She is also a group member at the Center for Science & Technology Policy Research (CSTPR), which is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).  Xi is broadly interested in energy transitions to a low-carbon economy, particularly in the electricity sector.  She is interested in understanding the role of policy in facilitating such transitions, as well as how different stakeholders negotiate the policy making process.

Xi received her Master of Science degree in May 2014.  Her thesis, The Emergence of the Renewable Portfolio Standard in the U.S.: A Case Study of Negotiating Power in California, traces the origins of the popular renewable portfolio standard (RPS).  It shows how the RPS was not an imminent policy outcome in the U.S., and initially emerged during electricity restructuring as a radical policy instrument that went against the grain of dominant thinking.

Xi has also served as an intern at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and as a Breakthrough Generation Fellow at The Breakthrough Institute.  Prior to graduate school, Xi worked as a strategy and technology consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C.  Xi earned a Bachelors of Arts in English literature from Cornell University. 


Bird, L., Cochran, J., & Wang, X. (2014).  Wind and Solar Energy Curtailment: Experience and Practices in the United States.

Lew, D., Bird, L., Milligan, M., Speer, B., Wang, X., Carlini, E. M., ... & Yoh12, Y. (2013).  Wind and Solar Curtailment.